Alleged Leader of Drug-Trafficking Group Is Arrested in Colombia

By Dialogo
July 05, 2012

On July 2, the Colombian police announced the arrest of an alleged leader of ‘Los Rastrojos’ [‘The Stubble’] who was trying to take over the top spot in that drug-trafficking organization.

Edison Antonio Peláez, alias ‘Mincho,’ was arrested on a rural property in Montenegro (Quindío), around 185 km west of Bogotá, the National Police explained in a statement.

Peláez, 49 years old, was considered a right-hand man of Javier Antonio Calle Serna, who led ‘Los Rastrojos’ until he turned himself in to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in May, on the island of Aruba (Netherlands Antilles).

Following that surrender and the arrest of Diego Pérez, alias ‘Diego Rastrojo,’ in Venezuela in June, ‘Mincho’ was trying to consolidate his position in the leadership of ‘Los Rastrojos,’ the police said.

Peláez will be charged with criminal conspiracy and narcotics trafficking and is also under investigation for involvement in at least 30 homicides, the police added.

‘Los Rastrojos’ are one of Colombia’s leading criminal gangs, which the Government calls ‘Bacrim’ (an abbreviation of bandas criminales, ‘criminal gangs’), made up for the most part of former paramilitaries and drug traffickers and also dedicated to other crimes, such as extortion and kidnapping.